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AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Apple Mail/gmail question?

Asked by AlfredaPrufrock (9394points) February 21st, 2009

I have a gmail account as my primary e-mail account. I receive and read my mail on Apple Mail. I just replied to a friend’s e-mail message to a hotmail account through Apple Mail, and in the lower left hand corner, Apple Mail showed three outgoing messages. That’s weird.

I tested the number of outgoing messages by sending a reply to another message from a different person, and it showed two outgoing messages. I sent a message to a second gmail account that I have, and it showed one outgoing message. What’s going on here?

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LocoLuke's avatar

I don’t use apple mail, but try making a hotmail account, sending an email from the apple account, and see if it actually does send more than one message, or if it just shows it. Might just be a glitch.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

@LocoLuke, that was a great idea. I did that, and it sent two copies of the message. I wonder if my friend also uses some sort of e-mail aggregator program to manage multiple e-mail addresses, and that accounts for the third message? hmmm…

LocoLuke's avatar

Are you sending these emails from his computer or something?

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Nope, sending them from my mac. If I send to my g-mail or my daughter’s g-mail address, then apple mail sends one outgoing message. If I send to any other provider, then two copies go out. I think what’s happening in that case is that Apple mail sends one copy to the recipient, and one to g-mail. Does that make sense? However, with this one person, 3 copies are sent.

LocoLuke's avatar

hm, when you sent it to you own account and it showed two outgoing, did your recipient address get two copies of the message?

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Nope. One copy. I think it looks like this:

Apple-gmail to gmail—> one copy out (apple-gmail to gmail)
Apple-gmail to (as example)—->two copies out (apple-gmail to gmail, apple-gmail to

When I tried my account as you suggested (great suggestion, BTW) I got the two copies out scenario.
However, when I try to e-mail J’s hotmail address, I get three copies out (apple-gmail to gmail, apple-gmail to, apple-gmail to mystery recipient.)

LocoLuke's avatar

Odd. I really have no idea what’s going on then. Maybe the government is taking wire-tapping one step farther.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

I wondered about that; my phone was tapped for 2 weeks after 9/11 so that possibility crossed my mind.

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